Vitamin C is an antioxidant. It is important for your skin, bones, and connective tissue. It promotes healing and helps the body absorb iron.
Vitamin C comes from fruits and vegetables. Good sources include citrus, red and green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and greens. Some juices and cereals have added vitamin C.
Some people may need extra vitamin C:
- Pregnant/breastfeeding women
- People recovering from surgery
- Burn victims
- Facts about Vitamin C (University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) - PDF
- Too Much Vitamin C: Harmful? (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Vitamin C (American Cancer Society)
- Vitamin C (American Optometric Association)
- Vitamin C (Harvard School of Public Health)
- Vitamin C (National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements) Available in Spanish
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Ascorbic Acid (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Find a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)